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Where The Wolves Read

A blog where I review mostly books. I also review, if my appetite allows, movies, music, and video games. Enjoy the feast!

Monday, June 28, 2010

This Side of Normal by Eric Devine


Summary: Ed Devlin has problems. His parents haven't gotten along since Ed's uncle died. His father drinks too much and his mother has all but given up on her spouse. Ed's best friend has no time for him because he's too busy chasing a girl more likely to end up in jail than at graduation. And on top of all that, Ed is beginning to realize something is wrong with his body. Ed's life is going to change, but not in any way he imagines. It's going to get a whole lot worse before it gets any better. Just like all the rest, he'll find his health problem is beyond his control. It will overwhelm him and force him to find a way through. Forcing him to become someone new.


Review: Not the greatest book ever. I had issues with how the kids treated Ed after they found out he had diabetes. It wasn't just the way they treated him, it was more how they acted about diabetes in general. If this was supposed to be a modern book it missed the mark because I don't know a single person that doesn't know what diabetes is, and everyone knows it isn't contagious. The way the students reacted to Ed was overreacting. That was just a big problem for me and it pretty much killed the mood of the book. I know a lot of people with diabetes and I don't avoid them like they have the plague. Other than that it was a good story and I really liked Ed and Mark as characters. The ending caught me off guard, but I won't say any more for fear of spoilers. Pick this up if you want to read a book about a kid dealing with diabetes, and if you can get over the above mentioned issue that spans the book then you would probably enjoy it a lot.

3/5

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